11th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development 
UN Headquarters, New York, 28 April - 9 May 2003

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CSD11 Highlights, Monday, May 5th


Working Group 1 Co-chairs Hossein Moeini Meybodi (Iran) and
Nadine Gouzee (Belgium)

Delegates convened in two parallel working groups in the morning and afternoon to begin negotiating the Chair's draft decision on the future programme, organization and methods of work of the Commission. Working Group I discussed sections of the draft decision on the future organization of work and the multi-year work programme, while Working Group II considered reporting, enhancing the contribution of the UN system, Major Groups and other constituencies, and the CSD's role as a focal point for partnerships. Delegates also met in Plenary to discuss preparations for the 10-year review of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) for the sustainable development of small island developing states (SIDS).

WORKING GROUP 1

   


Canada

  


Greece on behalf of the EU

 

In their preliminary comments on the draft decision, many countries welcomed Chair Moosa's text as a sound basis for negotiation.
The G-77/CHINA said the overarching cross-cutting theme must address durable, reliable, and predictable means of implementation. JAPAN, supported by NORWAY, called for an assessment of the budgetary implications of the programme of work. The EU voiced its preference for a long-term work programme with flexibility to address emerging issues. He also called for sharing experiences on NSSD implementation, including voluntary peer reviews.


Japan Delegate
 
USA

  The US, AUSTRALIA and CANADA underscored the need to clearly identify the outcomes of each CSD session. On the CSD's high-level segment, the US, supported by the EU, proposed that it should enhance implementation and offer guidance for future action-oriented measures. JAPAN and the REPUBLIC OF KOREA said the high-level segment should only take place in the policy year, while CANADA and AUSTRALIA supported deleting references to the precise scheduling of the high-level segment.
 

Switzerland

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WORKING GROUP 2




   

In the initial exchange of views, the US stressed that guidance provided during last week's high-level segment should be contained in the decision, and noted the absence of outcome-oriented language. The EU welcomed the draft as a solid basis for negotiations. Delegates then discussed the section on reporting, with the EU suggesting amending the title and text to refer to "monitoring and reporting," rather than simply "reporting." Arguing that it created a dual reporting system, AUSTRALIA proposed deleting text highlighting the importance of reporting on progress to both regional implementation forums and global CSD meetings. The US, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND and JAPAN stressed the need to avoid duplication and called for reducing the reporting burden.




In the afternoon, delegates discussed the section on enhancing contributions of UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies and other organizations. On a paragraph outlining areas where the UN system should undertake further measures, the G-77/CHINA suggested a new sentence urging "information exchange and knowledge sharing on all aspects of the implementation of Agenda 21 and the JPOI." On enhancing contributions of Major Groups and other constituencies, the G-77/CHINA, opposed by SWITZERLAND, CANADA, and the US, suggested specifying that Major Groups should only be involved in the area of implementation.

 

PLENARY - DISCUSSION ON PREPARATION FOR THE 10 YEAR REVIEW OF PLAN OF ACTION FOR BPOA


JoAnne DiSano, DESA and CSD 11 Chair Valli Moosa
   


On Monday afternoon, delegates convened in Plenary to discuss the preparatory process for the 10-year review of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA). MAURITIUS, speaking for AOSIS, indicated his understanding that the UN would provide sufficient resources to enable two representatives from each SIDS to participate in the regional preparatory meetings.
FIJI, on behalf of the PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM, stressed the importance of national reporting in the review process.


Fiji on behalf of the Pacific Islands Forum Group
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Mauritious on behalf of the Aliance of Small Island States
 

The INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES stressed the need to focus on disaster mitigation and preparedness, and on capacity building, and called for the donor community to fully engage in the BPOA review process.

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Belize on behalf of the Caricom states
 
Morocco on Behalf of the G77 and China
 
International Society of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies




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Links to further information:  

*The UN home page for CSD-11
http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd11/CSD11.htm
 

*ENB coverage of WSSD
http://enb.iisd.org/2002/wssd

*ENB coverage of previous CSD sessions
http://enb.iisd.org/process/sustdevt.htm
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*Linkage's Portal to the Johannesburg Summit 2002
http://enb.iisd.org/wssd/portal.html

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